The BEST Episodes of Goodnight Sweetheart
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Network: BBC One
Gary Sparrow is an underachieving TV repairman, unhappily married to the loud and often mocking Yvonne Sparrow. However, Gary's life is changed forever upon discovering a time portal taking him back to a war-torn London, leading to an East End pub (the Royal Oak) and an attractive barmaid named Phoebe, who becomes his girlfriend. From then on, Gary leads a double life, going back and forth across time to please the two women in his life closest to his heart, but furthest apart.
#1 - Let's Get Away from It All
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 4, 1996
Both Yvonne and Phoebe want to move house, but moving is the least of Gary's worries, as he is hit by bombshells in both his lives.
#2 - Accentuate the Positive
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 21, 1999
With the war coming to an end, there are surprises in store for Gary, his two wives and Ron.
#3 - Rites of Passage
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 18, 1993
Lost in the East End of London, TV repairman Gary Sparrow walks down Ducketts Passage, through a time warp into 1940. In the Royal Oak pub there, without either gasmask or identity papers, he is suspected of being a spy. His eye is drawn by the barmaid Phoebe, but she is a married woman whose husband is away in the war. In the cellar during an air raid he teaches the pub regulars some songs. He also helps Eric, Phoebe's father, who is injured during the raid. But what will he tell his wife Yvonne, when, and if, he gets home?
#4 - When Two Worlds Collide
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 9, 1998
Ron signs up with a dating agency. Yvonne makes a date with Gary, but when an unexploded bomb goes off in Ducketts Passage he has a problem. It is so serious that Ron misses his date to come to help. The two sides of Gary's life collide head on, and it appears that now others can travel between the 1940s and the 1990s.
#5 - Have You Ever Seen a Dream Walking
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 13, 1998
Gary is very unsettled after his French adventure, and he feels like he's losing his mind: he can't tell whether he's awake or asleep, dreaming or experiencing reality. Then Rolf Harris appears in one of his dreams...
#6 - My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 27, 1998
Phoebe wants to make a career of singing, and she wants Gary to write a new song for her. When he does, he has no idea what he's started. Ron wants Gary to help him with a personal ad. A visitor to the shop surprises Gary when he realises it's his son. Gary wants to go back and change the future for Michael for the better.
#7 - ...But We Think You Have to Go
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 6, 1998
Gary realises that he is only being used as a ploy to fool the Germans. As the Gestapo closes in on him, he is captured and is to be sent to Berlin for torture, unless he can escape first. Ron stands in for Gary on an errand for Yvonne: meeting a top model, and escorting her to a product launch - but they get sidetracked.
#8 - Just in Time
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 23, 1999
When a workman arrives from the far future to mend a hole in the space-time corridor, Gary must decide where his future lies. He leaves the shop to Ron, who promptly sells the entire stock on credit to a strange young man.
#9 - California Dreamin
Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 25, 1999
Gary has to think fast when both his wives decide it's time to move to California. Phoebe's tenancy of the Royal Oak is up, and she wants to start a new life away from the shortages of Britain, but Gary persuades her to open a night club, The Blue Door, instead. Yvonne wants to be near the expansion of her Nature Boy cosmetics into the US market, but Gary convinces her to stay with him in London. Reg retires from the police force, but his leaving party is not a success, though he does he another job immediately, as a security guard at Gary's Mayfair apartment block.
#10 - Grief Encounter
Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired May 2, 1999
Phoebe loses her patience when Gary backs out of a part in Noël Coward's new film, because he doesn't want to be recognised in it in the 1990s. She gets a part as an extra, but does she have more than a Brief Encounter on her mind? Gary thinks so, and barges in on the set.
#11 - Is Your Journey Really Necessary?
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 2, 1993
Gary & Yvonne argue about her preoccupation with her OU degree course and his obsession with WW2. Warning Phoebe that the bombing will start early that evening, Gary takes her to Holborn Underground station to shelter overnight. When they return to the Royal Oak next morning, he is questioned by the police. Back in their Cricklewood home, Yvonne is worried when Gary fails to return from work that evening.
#12 - The 'ouses in Between
Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired May 16, 1999
Yvonne sells Nature Boy cosmetics for a multi-million sum. Gary travels back through the time gate in Ducketts Passage, arriving on a foggy night, where things don't look quite usual for the 1940s. At the Royal Oak, he finds it's the 1880s, hough the policeman and a music-hall singer look strangely familiar. He is accused of being Jack the Ripper when two murders occur close by on the two nights he's there. While escaping the mob, he meets the real Ripper...
#13 - Mine's a Double
Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 11, 1999
A stormy night in the forties turns Gary's world upside down. The problem is sorting it out, particularly when everyone is seeing double.
#14 - Something Fishie
Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 6, 1999
Gary and Phoebe have to deal with a protection racket, while Yvonne receives a rude surprise.
#15 - Goodnight Children Everywhere
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 29, 1996
Phoebe's young orphaned relatives Sally and Peter return to live with her at the Royal Oak, and Gary has his arm twisted to help on the home front. Ron is still having problems with Stella, and despite Yvonne's unwillingness he moves in, but Gary begins to regret taking pity on him.
#16 - Don't Fence Me In
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 1, 1995
Phoebe is told that the brewery have another tenant for the Royal Oak and that she has to leave. When Mr Harrison visits her, he makes a proposition. Building work starts in Ducketts Passage, and a Portakabin blocks Gary's way when he wants to visit Phoebe to wish her a happy birthday.
#17 - London Pride
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 2, 1998
Gary is moving up the social ladder in both eras, though not smoothly in either. Noël Coward helps Phoebe to cope with living in the West End when she has trouble with the butcher, by showing her how to improve her accent. As Yvonne's business makes her a celebrity, she plans a new house, and is invited to the Woman of the Year awards, which is followed by a party at No 10 Downing Street. Gary and Phoebe get their revenge on the butcher.
#18 - Love the One You're With
Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 20, 1998
Yvonne is signing copies of her just published autobiography. Meanwhile, Gary finds out from the porter in the 1990s that the owner of his 1940s West End flat is going to be killed in a road accident - what is he to do? He finds a new occupier. Then, racked with guilt, he decides to cause a happier ending.
#19 - The Bells Are Ringing
Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired May 20, 1997
Phoebe doesn't think Gary should be at the birth. Yvonne is about to launch a new health product. Gary is at a loss for what to do.
#20 - The Leaving of Liverpool
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 8, 1997
Gary is in wartime Liverpool with Phoebe, where Ron's grandfather was supposed to have been a hero, but will the course of history be changed?
#21 - One O'Clock Jump
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 8, 1996
Gary is having some success with his shop, but this makes the unemployed Yvonne depressed, until she gets a job interview. Phoebe becomes broody. Gary makes a trip to Streatham bus garage, which leads to a revelation for PC Deadman.
#22 - Heartaches
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired May 6, 1997
Will Gary be on time for his wedding to Phoebe?
#23 - You're Driving Me Crazy
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 3, 1997
With both his ladies expecting babies, the demands on Gary's time become greater, but not as great as those on his wallet.
#24 - We Don't Want to Lose You...
Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Mar 30, 1998
Yvonne continues to travel for Nature Boy Cosmetics. Gary takes Phoebe to the Cafe Royal, where his false wartime identity finally catches up on him, and he is recruited for a secret mission to the Isle of Wight. However, Yvonne also has a special mission for him. When he arrives at his destination in 1943, the Isle of Wight looks remarkably like France.
#25 - Fools Rush In
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 25, 1993
Ignoring Yvonne's advice, Gary goes for a promotion interview but does not wear a suit. His friend, Ron, hearing Gary's call to a radio phone-in program, is intrigued to know if he really did travel back in time. After another argument with Yvonne, Gary does buy a suit, though not quite what she had in mind. He returns to Duckett's Passage to see if he can go back to 1940, and what he found there.